How to Make a Damask Stencil

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Lacy or floral damask patterns add a delicate elegance to formal rooms. As a quick, low-mess alternative to wallpaper, use a stencil to paint repeating damask patterns onto any smooth, clean surface. Home decor stores sell commercially made damask stencils, but you can save money by making your own with old plastic binders or plastic sheeting available at office supply stores.

Things You'll Need

  • Damask pattern
  • Mat cutting board
  • Transparent plastic sheeting
  • Fine-tipped permanent marker
  • Utility knife
  • Select the damask pattern you want to use from an online image gallery or a book of wallpaper samples. Due to the delicacy and symmetry of damask patterns, it is crucial to use an existing pattern rather than drawing freehand.

  • Enlarge the image using a computer image editing program and print it out. Alternatively, enlarge or reduce the image and print a copy using a copy machine.

  • Lay the pattern of a flat, stable surface such as a mat cutting board. Place transparent sheeting over the pattern and carefully trace onto the plastic, using a fine-tipped permanent marker.

  • Cut out the damask pattern, using a utility knife. The cut-out areas of the stencil will show up as positive, painted areas on the wall.

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